Heart ailment stalls Fani-Kayode’s N4.9bn Fraud Trial

Femi Fani-Kayode

Femi Fani-Kayode

Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode.

Justice Rilwan Aikawa of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Wednesday adjourned further hearing in a case involving a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode and others to February 28, 2018 after the former minister is said to be in hospital over heart related ailment.

Fani-Kayode is standing trial alongside a former Minister of State for Finance, Senator Nenadi Usman, Danjuma Yusuf and a company, Joint Trust Dimensions Limited, on a 17-count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of N4.9 billion.

At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, counsel to Fani-Kayode, Norrison Quakers, SAN, told the court that his client was suffering from a heart- related ailment.

Quakers further stated that he was informed by Fani-Kayode’s wife that her husband had been taken to hospital.

Fani-Kayode’s counsel assured the judge that he would obtain the medical report and make same available to the court before the close of work today or tomorrow, Thursday, February 1, 2018.

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Consequently, Quakers sought an adjournment of the matter, which was granted by the judge.

However, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, drew the attention of the court to Section 396, sub-section 4 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, which states that “no party will be entitled to more than five adjournments in a particular criminal case.”

Oyedepo also urged the court to note that Fani-Kayode had taken two adjournments since the trial commenced.

Justice Rilwan Aikawa adjourned the case to February 28, 2018 and March 1 and 2, 2018 for continuation of trial.